Gulf Air to Start Tel Aviv Flights from January 2021
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and EL AL Airlines, Israel's national airline, are set to embark on a historic collaboration following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during an official visit from the Kingdom of Bahrain to the State of Israel.
The MOU was signed at the Hilton Tel Aviv by the Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani and the Chairman of EL AL Airlines’ Board of Directors Mr. David Brodet.
H.E. Mr. Alzayani also announced at the ceremony the launch of Gulf Air’s direct flights go Tel Aviv starting from, January 7, 2021 - subject to government approvals - with 2 weekly flights.
H.E. Mr. Alzayani commented: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our Bahrain – Tel Aviv route as part of the historic initiation of Bahraini – Israeli relations.
"We trust this new route will promote traffic providing commercial and social gains for both countries, while paving the path for numerous connections to the rest of our networks via the two destinations."
Mr. Brodet stated: "The opportunity to explore potential cooperation with Gulf Air is a direct result of the changes taking place in the region. We at EL AL look forward to seeing how we can offer our passengers new and exciting options.
The comprehensive MOU sets the foundation to discuss potential joint codeshare operations between Manama and Tel Aviv. The MoU contains plans for greater commercial cooperation in the fields of loyalty, cargo, and engineering.